Live Loved

Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life.
~ PROVERBS 4:23 [NCV]

Positive Thoughts Purvey Hope

Two types of voices command your attention today. Negative ones fill your mind with doubt, bitterness, and fear. Positive ones purvey hope and strength. Which ones will you choose to heed? You have a choice, you know. “We take every thought captive so that it is obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5 God’s WORD).

Do you let anyone who knocks on your door enter your house? Don’t let every thought that surfaces dwell in your mind. Take it captive . . . make it obey Jesus. If it refuses, don’t think it.

Negative thoughts never strengthen you. How many times have you cleared a traffic jam with your grumbles? Does groaning about bills make them disappear? Why moan about your aches and pains, problems and tasks?

“Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life” (Proverbs 4:23 NCV). 

~ EVERY DAY DESERVES A CHANCE

O Lord, teach us to choose positive thoughts over negative thoughts. Help us take every thought captive, shape it to fit into a life that pleases you. May every emotion and impulse be pleasing to you. Rather than moan and groan about the difficult things in life, teach us to give up grumbling and be glad that you are in control of every detail. When we have the choice to fill our minds with doubt and bitterness or hope and strength, we will choose hope and strength, amen.

Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. 
~ COLOSSIANS 3:2 

The work of righteousness will be peace, and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever. 
~  ISAIAH 32:17 

~ Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. 
~ ROMANS 12:2

House on Sand

But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand.~ Matthew 7:26 [NLT]

The Bible has a lot to say on how we should live our lives. If we know how we are supposed to live and disregard that knowledge it is foolish. As we build our lives, we should strive to build it on a solid foundation that will last forever, the Kingdom of God.  What are you building your house on? 

God is With You

For the LORD your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”
~ Zephaniah 3:17 [NLT]

When life becomes challenging, remember, God is with you! He is delighted by you. You are His most prized creation.  Be reminded that His love is there, as a comfort, when you need it.  Our mighty God is there for you because He loves His children. 

Jesus Lives

Right Living

I urge you to use words with restraint. Misusing words is one of the easiest ways to sin—and one of the deadliest. In fact, the tongue is a fire that corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. You would be wise to follow the example of David, who wrote: Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips. Controlling your tongue is so difficult that you cannot do it without massive help.

Actually, I want to help you control not only your spoken words but also your thoughts. The contents of your thoughts have an enormous influence on your health and well-being. Many people are depressed or anxious because their thinking is so distorted and unbiblical. If this problem remains uncorrected, it can lead to a breakdown of health. However, Scripture provides correction: Pleasant words are sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. When My Spirit is controlling your thoughts and words, both your soul and your body will flourish. Ask the Spirit to think and speak through you. Since He lives in your innermost being, He can easily influence you, but He waits to be invited. The more you invite Him into your life, the healthier and happier you will be. Your words will be pleasant—blessing not only you but also those around you.

A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered.
~ Proverbs 17:27

The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.
~ James 3:6

Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips.
~ Psalm 141:3 [NKJV]

Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
~ Proverbs 16:24

Evening Prayer

REMEMBER YOUR CREATOR 
Psalm 139:13-16

In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You.

I pray that you will praise God today, remembering that He is your Maker, and that you have been fearfully and wonderfully made. May you not compare yourself to others, for you are unique in His eyes. May you realize that when He made your frame in the secret place, He delighted in you. His eyes saw your unformed body. I pray that you will not be anxious of your situation, because all the days ordained for you were written in His book before you even came to be. As He created your inmost being and knit you together in your mother’s womb, may you glorify Him with your life.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Streams in The Desert

Come Close to Him

He took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray, and as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering … they saw his glory

~ Luke 9:29,32

If I have found grace in thy sight, show me thy glory

~ Exod 33:13

When Jesus took these three disciples up into that high mountain apart, He brought them into close communion with Himself. They saw no man but Jesus only; and it was good to be there. Heaven is not far from those who tarry on the mount with their Lord.

Who has not in moments of meditation and prayer caught a glimpse of opening gates? Who has not in the secret place of holy communion felt the rush of some white surging wave of emotion—a foretaste of the joy of the blessed?

The Master had times and places for quiet converse with His disciples, once on the peak of Hermon, but oftener on the sacred slopes of Olivet. Every Christian should have his Olivet. Most of us, especially in the cities and towns, live at high pressure. From early morning until bedtime we are exposed to the whirl. Amid all this maelstrom how little chance for quiet thought, for God’s Word, for prayer and heart fellowship!

Daniel needed to have an Olivet in his chamber amid Babylon’s roar and idolatries. Peter found his on a housetop in Joppa; and Martin Luther found his in the “upper room” at Wittenberg, which is still held sacred.

Dr. Joseph Parker once said: “If we do not get back to visions, peeps into heaven, consciousness of the higher glory and the larger life, we shall lose our religion; our altar will become a bare stone, unblessed by visitant from Heaven.” Here is the world’s need today—men who have seen their Lord. —The Lost Art of Meditation

Come close to Him! He may take you today up into the mountain top, for where He took Peter with his blundering, and James and John, those sons of thunder who again and again so utterly misunderstood their Master and His mission, there is no reason why He should not take you. So don’t shut yourself out of it and say, “Ah, these wonderful visions and revelations of the Lord are for choice spirits!” They may be for you!

~ John McNeill